The solar eclipse of Aug 21, 2017, that is. The one with the shadow of totality crossing the most of the continental United States, and right over my home in Columbia, SC. I’ve read about, written about, and even somewhat prepared for it (my wife bought us eclipse glasses). So what’s the big deal?
The expectation is for a big influx of visitors to Columbia because of the 100% totality and it’s a largish city. Maybe, but if they’re here, they’re keeping to their hotel rooms because I haven’t noticed any particular increase in traffic or people on the streets this weekend before. Of course, tomorrow may be a different story.
I’ve taken an interest in this eclipse for it’s novelty, of course, but also for the sense of it as a harbinger. Historically, great astronomical events such as eclipses, comets, red moons, shooting stars, supernova, and such have been seen as presages, usually of doom (unalterable fate). While the belief in such is up for grabs, these signs at least serve as reminder that there are notable moments of change in life. “Tides in the affairs of men.”
I understand that this eclipse comes at a time of certain astrological alignments that underpin it a portent for great changes in the world. These changes range from nuclear war, to earthquakes, to great upheavals in societies where the common folk find their outrage against their rulers. And all this is reflected via myriad threads down to the personal.
The message is one of enlightenment found through trial. The stars are saying that both individuals and populations must endure a crucible of hardship before they find peace; that revelation will come only after pain. I don’t know that it happens any other way, but maybe the eclipse offers the underlining for this particular time, and for these particular journeys to the light through the darkness.
I’ll try to get out and see the eclipse tomorrow. I’ll take pictures of its effects; maybe of the eclipse itself at totality. In any event, I’ll report on what I see and what I experience. And in spite of all the darkness in the world, and all the nasty stuff this eclipse could herald, here’s hoping the presage will be towards a positive light for all of us.